This post is to explain and show how I plan and organise our B4FIAR (and plan to do the same for our FIAR weeks).
Here are the items I use for planning each book we row:
- Before Five in a Row manual
- This planning sheet
- Pinterest – I have a board for every Five in a Row book there is! It took forever to organise but it truly is a time saver because when I want to plan a book to row I go to that board and just look at all the ideas I have pinned previously. Here is my ‘Katy No-Pocket’ Pinterest board to give you an idea.
Here are the items I use to store my planned ‘rows’ ready to go:
- Clear plastic wallet
- Suspension file box
- 6 Drawer Trolley
Here is how we keep our completed work:
- 3-ring Lever Arch File
- Plastic sleeves
How I plan:
First I gather everything I need
I’ll read the book to get an idea of the story and themes it covers. They are all such beautiful precious books that the kids and I love.
BEFORE FIVE IN A ROW MANUAL
Basically I open the manual and write down all the activities I’d like to do on my planning sheet.
I use the iPad to search my Pinterest related board and write down ideas from here, printing anything I haven’t already done. It’s also great for reserving any books I want to get from the library so they’ll be ready for me to collect before we start.
At the start of the school year I printed, cutout and laminated all worksheets/printables I wanted to use for all the books we were going to row which has saved me a heap of time each time I plan a row.
Lots of Printables/Worksheets can be found on the following websites:
- Homeschool Share
- Homeschool Creations
- Five in a Row Fold n Learns you must be a blog subscriber to access
All the ideas I write in the planning sheet side are then transferred to the Week-at-Glance side according to what I’d like to cover each day eg.
- Monday – Bible
- Tuesday – Math
- Wednesday – Language Arts
- Thursday – Science/Geography
- Friday – Art/Cooking
It’s then a matter of just slipping each day’s printables into my 6-drawer trolley along with any additional library books or activities we will do and I’m set for the week.
So that’s how I plan and organise our ‘rows’ hope it’s been helpful.
Feel free to ask any questions if you’d like more information or I’ve missed something.